There were plenty of art shows and celebrations this weekend that may have made you want to brave the rain. ML’s Steve Saldivar was in attendance at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Dolores Park. If you haven’t yet, check out his beautiful multimedia piece here. The coming week promises to be a full one too.

We’d like you to join us this Thursday, May 7, for a reception and silent auction at L’s Caffe. Here are the details:

L’s Caffe
2871 24th St. (between Bryant & Florida)
6-9pm

The following day, SF Appeal‘s Eve Batey will be one of the three judges at The Literary Death Match at the Elbo Room. Four writers will read onstage including Peter Orner (The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo), Ellen Sussman (Dirty Words), April Sinclair (Coffee Will Make You Black), and Jesse Nathan (Dinner).

Stale Magnolias, the ultimate ’80s southern woman’s play, just opened at Glama-rama salon and runs through June 14.

And to end on a serious note, the AP just ran a story that focuses on people struggling in these hard economic times including Khaaliq Parker, a 32-year-old unemployed auto mechanic in the Mission.

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As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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